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Jefferson Community College Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

Jefferson Community College (JCC) welcomes the following faculty and staff members for the Fall 2010 semester:

Joshua D. Hammond, Bath, has joined Jefferson as an instructor of mathematics in the Science Division. For the past three years, Mr. Hammond has taught numerous mathematics courses at Corning Community College (CCC) as a visiting lecturer. He has also been employed as a staff assistant in the CCC Mathematics Learning Center where he tutored students in math, physics, and engineering as well as developed learning workshops and other student learning resources. Mr. Hammond holds an associate of science degree in engineering science from Corning Community College, a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Lehigh University, and a master of science in mathematics from Texas A & M University.

Pamela A. Kaus, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, has joined the College as a human services instructor in the Liberal Arts Division. She comes to Jefferson from Marywood University in Pennsylvania where she served as coordinator of field education for the master’s in social work field education office in the School of Social Work. In this role, Ms. Kaus coordinated the practicum education programs, placed students in appropriate agency settings, and developed and implemented field orientation seminars for students and instructors. Over the last two academic years, Ms. Kaus has also taught ten social work program courses as an adjunct instructor at Marywood University and two psychology courses at Northhampton County Community College in nearby Bethlehem. Prior to joining Marywood, Ms. Kaus supervised the foster care program office at Family Care for Children and Youth, Inc. in Milton, Pennsylvania. She holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Purchase College of the State University of New York (SUNY) and a master of science in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Gwendolyn D. Kostenbauder, Copenhagen, has joined Jefferson as a business instructor in the Business Division. Most recently Ms. Kostenbauder has served as division chair for business, information technology, social sciences and health, and physical education at Mid-South Community College in Arkansas. She has taught nearly twenty office technologies courses, including several relating to medical office technologies. Prior to joining Mid-South Community College, Ms. Kostenbauder served as the program coordinator and instructor of office systems and information technology at Hopkinsville Community College in Kentucky. An entrepreneur as well, Ms. Kostenbauder owns and operates her own cosmetology salon. She holds an associate of applied science degree in computer networking from Miller-Motte Technical College in Tennessee. Ms. Kostenbauder also earned her bachelor of science degree in business management and applied management from Kaplan University in Iowa and her master’s of education in instructional technology from American InterContinental University in Illinois.

Brian S. Topping, Watertown, joined the Liberal Arts Division as an English instructor. Mr. Topping has taught several English courses as an adjunct instructor at Jefferson since Fall of 2009 and has twice chaperoned Jefferson’s Broader Horizons Club spring semester learning excursion to New Orleans. Mr. Topping has also substitute taught in the Indian River Central School and Watertown City School districts for the last two years. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and history from Texas State University and his master of science degree in teaching in English education from SUNY Potsdam.

Donald S. Urmston, Montgomery, joins Jefferson as a business instructor in the Business Division. Mr. Urmston has most recently served as dean of students at Ridley–Lowell Technical and Business Institute in Poughkeepsie, where he also taught computer skills, business, and legal studies courses. For the past ten years, he has also taught as an adjunct instructor at Orange County Community College in the subjects of entrepreneurship, marketing, advertising, and business management. An entrepreneur himself, Mr. Urmston is co-owner of Options Group LLC, an investment and real estate development company in Goshen, New York. He holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology, a bachelor of arts in secondary education from SUNY New Paltz, and a master’s of business administration from Marist College.